Eixample Souvenir Shopping, Barcelona (Self Guided)

It's a pity, if not a crime, to leave Barcelona without visiting the local specialty shops. Check out this Eixample souvenir shopping tour for some gifts and souvenirs unique to Barcelona that you may want to bring home to your loved ones from this wonderful city.
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Eixample Souvenir Shopping Map

Guide Name: Eixample Souvenir Shopping
Guide Location: Spain » Barcelona (See other walking tours in Barcelona)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Author: Daniel
El Corte Ingles

1) El Corte Ingles

What to buy here: Biscuits.

Catalonia has a tradition of biscuits; born back in the 18th century to celebrate holy and festive days, now the biscuits of Catalonia are common place, known as Panellets meaning little bread, there are many variations of these biscuits, some are made with chestnuts and sweet potatoes enjoyed as a early evening sweet snack and is usually accompanied by sweet wine, the biscuits come in a variety of different shapes and colors and are also often made of marzipan and pine nuts and varnished in egg white. Birba biscuits are a family company from Girona using 100% natural ingredients that have been in Barcelona since 1910, are very much the artisanal biscuit of Barcelona, with a wide selection of assorted boxes from the 150g gift boxes from € 7. Unlike other brands, with Birba each type of biscuit has its own particular composition which is totally different from the rest. This gives it a characteristic taste that is enhanced by the name of each particular individual biscuit: Cubano, Nuria, Costa Bona, Fruit d'Or, Crema del Canigo, Bescuit, Brisalet de Chocolate, Boer de Coco, Pirinaic de Chocolate, Ametllat, Croqueta. Birba biscuits can be found at El Corte Ingles Placa Catalunya 14 stock the full assortment of biscuits in its gourmet section. It is open Monday - Saturday 10 am - 10 pm; Sunday 11 am - 10 pm.

2) Loewe

What to buy here: Catalan leather products.

Catalan leather is world known for its particular good quality and use by many luxury brands around the world. Most local leather comes from the Igualada municipality, where leather has been a primary industry for over a hundred years. One of the main advantages of Catalan leather is the origin, coming from stabled animals which have been well cared for, the leather is free of scratches, cuts and other such imperfections.

Loewe is Barcelona's famous branch of leather goods, renowned for its unbeatable quality and selection. This store, located in one of the city's most spectacular modernist-style buildings, caters for both men and women. Here you can find ready-to-wear clothing, bags and accessories.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 am - 8.30 pm
La fuente Colmado Quilez

3) La fuente Colmado Quilez

What to buy here: Catalan Cheese.

The Pyranees mountains are just a short drive north of Barcelona and are famous for their cheese making producing soft, flavorsome and creamy cheeses. The most typical of all the cheeses from Catalonia Pyranees region is ´Tupi´ a fermented goats cheese with strong flavors which is designed for after dinner cheese and biscuits. Alt Urgell from the Cerdanya valley is also a very well known Catalan cheese, it’s soft creamy texture and fruity flavors make it the perfect cheese to drink with Penedes white or rose wine. Val d’Aran is a mature cheese elaborated with cow’s milk and semi cured to give a strong rich taste, perfect with a glass of Penedes reserve red wine.

The best place to get advice and a selected range is La fuente Colmado Quilez on Rambla Catalunya 63. Opening times: Monday - Friday 9:00 to 14:00 and 16:30 to 20:30; Saturday 9:00 to 14:00. Prices range from 3€ upwards depending on your choice of cheese and quantity.
Casa del libre

4) Casa del libre

What to buy here: Modernist Books.

The ever changing face of Barcelona is a modernist architectural dream with creations from such pioneers as Antoni Gaudi and Lluís Domenech i Montaner that lead the modernist movement from 1888 to 1911 and made Barcelona the amusement park of modernism it is today, the city of wonders. The culture of Catalonia wanted to be known and recognized on the same level as other major European cities using its modernist movement to project Barcelona into the 20th Century. There are many well known books on modernist movement:’ The Palimpsest of Barcelona´ the book by Joan Barril and Pere Vivas covers the history of the city from its Roman beginnings right up to the modern day and its place as a wonder of modern Europe. A stroll through modernist Barcelona by Lluis Permanyer covers 46 of the city’s most interesting buildings, giving a history of building in relation to Barcelona. Gaudi, The complete buildings by Rainer Zerbst is a biography and history of the man that spearhead the modernist art nouveau revolution and one of the most well known geniuses of architecture. All these books can be purchased in English in Casa del libre on Passeig de Gracia 62 Opening times 9:30am to 9:30pm.

5) Tous

What to buy here: Catalan Jewelry.

Contemporary and art-nouveau Jewelry making in Barcelona dates back to 1839, when the city had its own silversmith and goldsmith neighborhoods where several well known local names specialized in precious metals and painting. One famous name Tous is a worldwide known chain of Jewelers originates from Catalonia back in 1920. Using contemporary styles in Jewelry designing that is perfectly suited to current fashions, the iconic teddy bear of Tous has become its mascot with many pendants and necklaces featuring the “bear” designs. The new collection entitled ‘dance’, features a necklace with the iconic bear in a sterling silver and blue agate finish around 169€ and “bear earrings with pearl in sterling silver at around 48€. Tous has various locations around the city and can be found on Passeig de Gracia 75, Rambla Catalunya 110, Opening times 9am to 8pm Monday to Saturday.
Vinoteca Torres

6) Vinoteca Torres

What to buy here: Penedes wine. The wine region of Penedes close to Barcelona expands from the Serralada Pre-litoral mountain range to the Mediterranean Sea and has been producing wine since the 9th century, cultivating some of Spain most interesting wine. The most famous and probably the largest of the Bodegas in Penedes is Miguel Torres with a wide range of wines and brandies. The bodega has received much praise from the wine world including European Winery of the Year, by Wine Enthusiast magazine (2006). Some of Torres most famous brands are Atrium which line features a white Chardonnay 9€, a red Cabinet Sauvignon 11€ and a red Merlot around 8€. The crowning glory of the Torres Penedes wine selection is The Reserva Real priced around 123€ , named after Juan Carlos, the king of Spain after his visit to the winery, made from grapes grown at high altitude and refined in new oak barrels imported from France. Miguel Torres have their own Vinoteca Torres on Passeig de Gracia 78 to showcase their range of wines which can be tasted, discussed and purchased in the same space.

Operation hours: Monday to Sunday from 12:00 to 16:00 and from 19:00 to 01:00.
Meson Cinco Jotas

7) Meson Cinco Jotas

What to buy here: Spanish Jamon Iberico.

The very pinnacle of Spanish gourmet produce is without a doubt Jamon Iberico, also known as Pata Negra, is the cured leg of the Iberian pig. This product features highly in the tapas lifestyle of Barcelona. Where a plate of good quality ham will only set you back about €5, buying your own leg or pata can be a little more complicated at around €359. The highest quality ham is known as Jamon Iberico de Bellota which comes from free range pigs that are left to feed on a diet of acorns, the lifestyle of the pig has a significant impact on the taste and Jamon iberico de Bellota is considered to be one of the world’s most sort after gourmet items. Jamon iberico de Recebo is the next grade where the pig is fed on a diet of grain and acorns, the thirds type is Jamon iberico de Cebo where the pig is simply fed on grain.

Meson Cinco Jotas on Rambla de Catalunya 91-93 Monday to Friday 9am to 12am and Saturday and Sunday 12am to 1am sells the best Jamon in Barcelona and probably in Spain, precut whole leg and in a special can designed for visitors to Barcelona wishing to take it home. It is also a restaurant so you can first try all the jamon you want before deciding on which to take home.
Cooking the Kitchen Company

8) Cooking the Kitchen Company

What to buy here: Wine Porron, as well as any other kitchen utensils.

A symbol of traditional Catalonia, the wine Porron is a drinking vessel from days gone by; designed to minimize the contact of wine with air. The wine bottle/glass watering-can was also used as a measurement vessel before the liter was introduced. The design of the Porron, a funnel with a spout where the liquid is poured from, was mentioned by Ernest Hemingway´s in his book, Homage to Catalonia. The Porron also serves as a social drinking device. The vessel can be passed around the table and drunk without the drinker’s lips touching the glass. The Porron is still used in some select restaurants to serve after dinner cognacs and wine to the more intrepid drinker. The wine Porron can also be used to store olive oil. Prices range from 35€, depending on the make and whether the vessel has been hand blown by artisan glass makers. Cooking the Kitchen Company- Opening times Monday - Friday 10:30 - 20:30; Saturday 11:00 - 21:00.
Ramon Monegal

9) Ramon Monegal

What to buy here: Perfumes. In 1936 the Perfume Museum opened in Barcelona, but the human sense of smell has been catered for since the Roman times. In fact, the film ”Perfume: Story of a Murderer” released in 2006, was filmed in and around Barcelona. As well as big name fashion brands, Barcelona has its own perfumeries, small brands produced by expert “perfumeros”. Ramon Monegal is a small boutique perfumery located in Carrer Calvet, 3 (open Monday to Friday 10.30am - 2.30pm and 4:30pm to 8:30pm Saturday from 11am to 2pm and 4.30pm to 8.30pm) Ramon Monegal´s Entre Naranjos (between Orange trees) combines Freshness in the air, happy and vital dew soaked orange blossom combined with the freshness of the skin of the orange and green leaves against a background of sap wood and amber orange, around 70€.

Operation hours Monday - Saturday: 10:30 - 14:30 and 16:30 - 20:30

Walking Tours in Barcelona, Spain

Create Your Own Walk in Barcelona

Create Your Own Walk in Barcelona

Creating your own self-guided walk in Barcelona is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
El Raval Walking Tour

El Raval Walking Tour

El Raval is a district in Barcelona which features many worth visiting attractions. The neighborhood is known as Barri Xinés, which means "Chinatown". El Raval is very lively during the day and quite awake all through the night, so visitors will always have something to do and see here. Be one of them and enjoy yourself in El Raval.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
City Orientation Walk II

City Orientation Walk II

Barcelona is world renowned for its modernist architectures. On this part two of the two-part city orientation walks, you will visit some of the world famous architectures by Antoni Gaudi and his peers. The modernist architectures visited on this walk include: Casa Amatller, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila (La Pedrera), La Sagrada Familia, among others.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
City Orientation Walk I

City Orientation Walk I

According to legend, Barcelona was founded by mythological Greek hero Hercules on one of his expeditions, when his boats were hit by a storm. The first 8 boats managed to escape without damage, but the 9th one was lost at sea. Hercules found his lost friends some days later, along a small hill, all safe and sound. The crew was taken by the beauty of the coastal landscape, and so they decided to...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Antoni Gaudí's Barcelona Walking Tour

Antoni Gaudí's Barcelona Walking Tour

Gaudí is admired around the world as one of the most distinctive architects of the 20th century. The unique technique and use of natural forms make his creations stand out from the pack. La Sagrada Família, Park Güell, Casa Batlló and other masterpieces will definitely take your breath away with their beauty, forms, colors, and overall design. Take this tour and enjoy the sight of...  view more

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.8 km
Montjuic Walking Tour

Montjuic Walking Tour

Montjuic is a hill in Barcelona which offers a variety of great attractions of historic, cultural, and architectural value. Here, you can watch a magic show by Font Magica de Montjuic, visit the place where matadors faced the bulls in the past, explore the Castell de Montjuic with its spectacular views, and much more. Discover the best spots of Montjuic with this tour today!

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
La Rambla Walking Tour

La Rambla Walking Tour

La Rambla is the street in central Barcelona, popular with tourists and locals alike. Seemingly endless, it is filled with cultural and historic landmarks, as well as shops and cafes. The Spanish poet Federico García Lorca once said about La Rambla, "The only street in the world which I wish never ended." Take this tour to explore the most famous sites on La Rambla, Barcelona.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Barcelona for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Barcelona has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money getting around Barcelona and visiting the city's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as iVenture Card, Hola Barcelona: Transport Pass, Barcelona Pass, and Barcelona Museum Pass.

These city passes combine all or multiple Barcelona's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Barcelona hotels that are conveniently located: Iberostar Paseo de Gracia 4* Sup, Catalonia Plaza Cataluña Hotel, Olivia Plaza Hotel.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Barcelona, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, as a guided tour of Barcelona typically costs between around US$15 and over US$80 per person:

- Hop on a “hop-on hop-off” double-decker and enjoy sightseeing of Barcelona from the open top of the bus, listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get off at any of the stops along the two interconnecting routes (your ticket is valid for both).

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour – this usually lasts around 2 hours and allows you to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have done by walking.

- Pedal your way around Barcelona on a 3-hour bike tour visiting the city's most spectacular sights, stopping at each (for 5-20 minutes) to get rest, watch the surroundings, and learn much about the city from an informative group leader.

- If you're an arts and architecture buff, with a keen interest in Catalan modernism of the late 19th century, then you may definitely enjoy a 2-hour guided stroll around the Quadrat d'Or (Golden Square) in Barcelona's Eixample borough to explore in-depth the works (buildings) of the celebrated pioneers of modernism: Domenech i Montaner, Puig i Cadafalch and, of course, Barcelona's most acclaimed architect Antoni Gaudí. As an extra bonus on this tour, you will get a 20% discount on a guided tour of the Palau de la Música Catalana (Music Palace), discounted entrance at Casa Batlló, free admission to the Museu del Modernisme Català (Catalan Modernism Museum), plus savings on admission to Casa Batlló. Great value and tons of information for the money spent!

- If you don't find tales of the supernatural terrifying, and if the gruesome details of witchcraft, exorcisms and paranormal activity, told after sunset, make your hair stand but only with curiosity, then why not treat yourself to a 2-hour “ghost” walk to discover sinister secrets of Barcelona, visiting some of the city's haunted places, entertained along the way by an informative commentary from an expert guide.

- Have the taste of Catalonia’s gourmet culture on this 3- to 4-hour tour of Barcelona's tapas crawling some of the city’s most prominent bars and cafes in La Rambla, La Boqueria food market, and the Gothic Quarter led by an expert food guide. Apart from savoring a variety of traditional Catalonian cured meats, cheeses and breads, as well as drinks, you will also learn how to order these iconic bar snacks in style, like a true local!

Day Trips

If you have a day to spare whilst in Barcelona, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Costa Brava, Pyrenees mountain range, or Tarragona and Sitges. For as little as US$90+ to US$190+ you will get a chance to observe the picturesque villages and dramatic cliffs of the nearby Mediterranean coast, get high up in the Pyrenees Mountains visiting the historic town of Vic in the north of the country with optional hiking, horseback riding or boating excursions, or discover historical highlights of the Roman city of Tarragona complete with a seaside leisure at Sitges. All these trips start and end at your hotel and you'll be carried by a comfortable air-conditioned coach or minivan, accompanied by an English-speaking tour guide.